|Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage|
Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented use of the revised Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) (CMS-R-131). This form replaces the following existing forms:
ABN-G (Form No. CMS-R-131G) - Advance Beneficiary Notice (General)
NEMB (Form No. CMS-20007) - Notice of Exclusion from Medicare Benefits
This revised ABN form is for providers, physicians, practitioners, and suppliers for all situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied. Both the form and notice instructions have been posted on the Beneficiary Notice Initiative web page at www.cms.hhs.gov/bni . Or, click here to download the new ABN.
Some key features of the new form are that it:
CMS is allowing a six-month transition period from the date of implementation for use of the revised form and instructions. All providers and suppliers must begin using the new ABN (CMS-R-131) no later than September 1, 2008.